Thursday, June 11, 2015

Akbar The Great: Heretic or Saint?

Muslims have mixed feelings about Mughal Emperor Jodhaa Akbar. As a conqueror who expanded the Islamic world by conquering most of what is now present day India, he's an exalted hero. As a man who was more spiritual than a fervently religious Islamic, he was a heretic.

Among other efforts, he tried to establish a religion that would unite rather than divide. He was antithetical to religious fundamentalists who are unenlightened and incapable of the higher order thinking that is required to truly begin understanding the Godly intent of their own religion's spirituality....

"The Dīn-i Ilāhī (Persian: دین الهی‎ lit. "Religion of God") was a syncretic religion propounded by the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great in 1582 AD, intending to merge the best elements of the religions of his empire, and thereby reconcile the differences that divided his subjects. The elements were primarily drawn from Islam and Hinduism, but some others were also taken from Christianity, Jainism and Zoroastrianism".

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Sunni Theofascists & Shiite Theocratic Statism

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Sunni Wahabi enclaves support extreme fundamentalistic Sharia Law. The hijackers that destroyed the World Trade Center were such individuals, as is ISIS. Rigid, absolutist and backwards though it is, Wahabi doctrine is very appealing to those who find security in its theofascist manifestations.
Iran is a Theocratic state. Strict Muslim practices are maintained. But no Al Qaeda type terrorist organizations exist. There's no need, because the government is already Islamicaly controlled.
ISIS will be the theocratic counterpart to this. Neither of these groups are truly spiritually oriented. They are simply religious outpicturings of assumed spirituality. The only Muslim group that can possibly be called spiritual is the Sufis. Their focus is on the God within. This allows God to manifest into our world properly.